Venus in Fur

Author: David Ives

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1786823039

Category: Drama

Page: 72

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‘You don’t have to tell me about sadomasochism. I’m in the theatre.’ Enigmatic actress Vanda Jordan appears unannounced for an audition with director Thomas Novachek. She’s determined to land the leading role in his new production – despite seeming wrong for the part. Over one evening in downtown Manhattan their charged meeting becomes a seductive dance to the end. Intoxicating, erotic, highly charged, Venus In Fur is a dark comedy about desire, fantasy, and love.

Talking to Terrorists

Author: Robin Soans

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849435820

Category: Drama

Page: 113

View: 6782

‘I looked around the room and I thought, I'm the only person in this room that hasn't killed anyone’ Talking to Terrorists is a play commissioned by the Royal Court and Out of Joint. The writer, director Max Stafford-Clark, and actors interviewed people from around the world who have been involved in terrorism. They wanted to know what makes ordinary people do extreme things. As well as those who crossed the line, they met peacemakers, warriors, journalists, hostages and psychologists. Their stories take us from Uganda, Israel, Turkey, Iraq and Ireland - to the heart of the British establishment. Talking to Terrorists was produced Out of Joint Theatre Company at the Royal Court Theatre and on a UK tour in 2005.

Mies Julie

Based on August Strindberg's Miss Julie

Author: Yael Farber

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849437610

Category: Drama

Page: 64

View: 7217

South African born internationally acclaimed director and playwright, Yael Farber, sets her explosive new adaptation of Strindberg's Miss Julie in the remote, bleak beauty of the Eastern Cape Karoo. Transposed to a post-apartheid kitchen a single night, both brutal and tender, unfolds between a black farm-labourer, the daughter of his master and the woman who has raised them both. The visceral struggles of contemporary South Africa are laid bare, as John and Mies Julie spiral in a deadly battle over power, sexuality, mothers and memory. Haunting and violent, intimate and epic, the characters struggle to address issues of reprisal and the reality of what can and cannot ever be recovered.

Fry: Plays One (The Lady's Not for Burning , A Yard of Sun , Siege)

Author: Christopher Fry

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849437300

Category: Drama

Page: 288

View: 7478

Includes the plays The Lady's Not for Burning, A Yard of Sun andSiege In this volume of Christopher Fry's original stage work, his most famous play The Lady's Not for Burning - 'Spring' in his set of 'Seasonal Plays' - is joined by the 'Summer' play A Yard of Sun, written in the mid-1930's. Celebrated for the sensuousness and joyous wit of its language, The Lady's Not for Burning is a key play in the revival of verse drama in the 1940's, and the scale of its success made Fry one of the most famous playwrights of his day. A Yard of Sun, Fry's last full-length stage play, is set in Siena just after the end of World War Two. Without ignoring the struggles and privations of war, the play is funny, touching and ultimately optimistic. Based on the medieval story of Aucassin and Nicolette and conceived as a form of 'pageant', Siege with its mixing of verse and prose, sprawling structure, employment of different speech patterns and deliberately contemporary touches, gives a unique insight into Fry's development as a stage-craftsman.

The Nina Variations

Author: Steven Dietz

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

ISBN: 9780822218913

Category: Drama

Page: 54

View: 5326

THE STORY: In this funny, fierce and heartbreaking homage to THE SEAGULL , Steven Dietz puts Chekhov's star-crossed lovers in a room and doesn't let them out. In forty-three variations on their famous final scene, Nina (a young actress) and T

The Tailor Made Man

Author: Claudio Macor

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1786823136

Category: Drama

Page: 112

View: 8588

William “Billy” Haines was a popular silent screen MGM movie star who was fired by Louis B Mayer because he was gay and refused to give up his lifelong partner, Jimmie Shields, and marry the silent screen vamp Pola Negri. As punishment, his films were removed from release and sealed in the MGM vaults never to be seen again, and his studio photographs destroyed. It was an attempt to erase him completely from movie history. But Billy and Jimmy’s turbulent, passionate love affair was to survive and lasted over 50 years... This is their story.

The School for Lies

Author: David Ives

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

ISBN: 9780822225607

Category: Drama

Page: 106

View: 5985

THE STORY: It's 1666 and the brightest, wittiest salon in Paris is that of Celimene, a beautiful young widow so known for her satiric tongue she's being sued for it. Surrounded by shallow suitors, whom she lives off of without surrendering to, Celi

Ross & Rachel

Author: James Fritz

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781848425224


Page: 48

View: 5428

A disquieting and clever new play from an exciting young voice in British theatre.

Kane: Complete Plays

Blasted; Phaedra's Love; Cleansed; Crave; 4.48 Psychosis; Skin

Author: Sarah Kane,David Greig

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0413742601

Category: Drama

Page: 268

View: 8608

This volume contains the complete collection of Sarah Kane's plays, including "Blasted"; "Phaedra's Love"; "Cleansed"; "Crave"; "4.48 Psychosis"; and "Skin".

The Liar

Author: David Ives

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc

ISBN: 9780822225119

Category: Drama

Page: 111

View: 1794

"Paris, 1643: Dorante is a charming young man newly arrived in the capital, and he has but a single flaw: He cannot tell the truth. In quick succession he meets Cliton, a manservant who cannot tell a lie, and falls in love with Clarice, a charming young woman whom he unfortunately mistakes for her friend Lucrece. What our hero regrettably does not know is that Clarice is secretly engaged to his best friend Alcippe. Nor is he aware that his father is trying to get him married to Clarice, whom he thinks isLucrece, who actually is in love with him. From all these misunderstandings and a series of breathtakingly intricate lies springs one of the Western world's greatest comedies, a sparkling urban romance as fresh as the day Pierre Corneille wrote it, brilliantly adapted for today by All in the Timing's David Ives."--P.[4] of cover.

A Trip To Venus (Illustrated)

Author: John Munro

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 2765901473

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

View: 8565

In John Munro's A Trip to Venus (1897), the narrator, an engineer, an astronomer and his daughter travel by a newly invented flying machine to Venus and Mercury. On Venus they find a Utopian civilization, and the narrator falls in love.

Black Venus

Author: Angela Carter

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409042146

Category: Fiction

Page: 96

View: 6372

Extraordinary and diverse people inhabit this rich, ripe, occasionally raucous collection of short stories. Some are based on real people - Jeanne Duval, Baudelaire's handsome and reluctant muse who never asked to be called the Black Venus, trapped in the terminal ennui of the poet's passion, snatching at a little lifesaving respectability against all odds...Edgar Allen Poe, with his face of a actor, demonstrating in every thought and deed how right his friends were when they said 'No man is safe who drinks before breakfast.' And some of these people are totally imaginary. Such as the seventeenth century whore, transported to Virginia for thieving, who turns into a good woman in spite of herself among the Indians, who have nothing worth stealing. And a girl, suckled by wolves, strange and indifferent as nature, who will not tolerate returning to humanity. Angela Carter wonderfully mingles history, fiction, invention, literary criticism, high drama and low comedy in a glorious collection of stories as full of contradictions and surprises as life itself.

Shakespeare and the Visual Imagination

Author: Stuart Sillars

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316381005

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

View: 8876

Shakespeare's knowledge of the practices of visual art, its fundamental concepts and the surrounding debates is clear from his earliest works. This book explores this relationship, showing how key works develop visual compositions as elements of dramatic movement, construction of ideas, and reflections on the artifice of theatre and language. The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, Richard II and A Midsummer Night's Dream are explored in detail, offering new insights into their forms, themes, and place in European traditions. The use of emblems is examined in Titus Andronicus and As You Like It; studies of Venus and Adonis, some sonnets and The Rape of Lucrece reveal different but related visual aspects; a later chapter suggests how the new relation between seeing and soliloquy in The Rape of Lucrece is developed in other plays. Extensively illustrated, the book explores Shakespeare's assimilation and exploration of visual traditions in structure, theme and idea throughout the canon.

Born Yesterday

Comedy in Three Acts

Author: Garson Kanin

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

ISBN: 9780822201366

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 89

View: 937

THE STORY: The vulgar, egotistic junkman Harry Brock has come to a swanky hotel in Washington to make crooked deals with government big-wigs. He has brought with him the charming but dumb ex-chorus girl Billie, whose lack of social graces embarrass

All in the Timing

Fourteen Plays

Author: David Ives

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307772616

Category: Drama

Page: 336

View: 2826

The world according to David Ives is a very add place, and his plays constitute a virtual stress test of the English language -- and of the audience's capacity for disorientation and delight. Ives's characters plunge into black holes called "Philadelphias," where the simplest desires are hilariously thwarted. Chimps named Milton, Swift, and Kafka are locked in a room and made to re-create Hamlet. And a con man peddles courses in a dubious language in which "hello" translates as "velcro" and "fraud" comes out as "freud." At once enchanting and perplexing, incisively intelligent and side-splittingly funny, this original paperback edition of Ives's plays includes "Sure Thing," "Words, Words, Words," "The Universal Language," "Variations on the Death of Trotsky," "The Philadelphia," "Long Ago and Far Away," "Foreplay, or The Art of the Fugue," "Seven Menus," "Mere Mortals," "English Made Simple," "A Singular Kinda Guy," "Speed-the-Play," "Ancient History," and "Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread." From the Trade Paperback edition.

Wig Out

Author: Tarell Alvin McCraney

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571319165

Category: Drama

Page: 144

View: 4642

In this gossamer-laced reality there is never a moment to be without your face, to not be together. One false move and you'll get chopped. One night can leave you legendary or a subsidiary. Enter the House of Light, a hyper-glamorous, uber-competitive drag queen refuge where a daughter who was once a son can find a family. While the House are primping and preening for a catwalk showdown, drag queen Nina is wooing the delectable Eric as Wilson. How can Nina/Wilson strut the thorny divide between opposite genders and differing worlds? Wig Out! premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in November 2008. 'An astonishing young dramatist.' New York Times

The Book of Oberon

A Sourcebook of Elizabethan Magic

Author: Daniel Harms,James R. Clark,Joseph H. Peterson

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide Limited

ISBN: 9780738743349

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 480

View: 2185

A fascinating addition to the magical literature of the Elizabethan era, this unique grimoire is a must-have for magic aficionados and historians. Dating from the time of Shakespeare (c. 1580), The Book of Oberon is a meticulous transcription and translation of a magic book recently rediscovered by the Folger Shakespearean Library. Unlike the more theoretical magic books of the era, this is a compilation of practical spells, secrets, and summonings. The Book of Oberon includes rituals for summoning spirits and faeries (including Oberon); original drawings; talismans and charms for toothaches, bleeding, the capture of thieves, and other practical matters; one of the oldest known copies of the magical manual The Enchiridion; and much more.

Ubu and the Truth Commission

Author: Jane Taylor,William Kentridge,Handspring Puppet Company

Publisher: Juta and Company Ltd

ISBN: 9781919713168

Category: Drama

Page: 73

View: 7588

"Ubu and the Truth Commission" is the full play text of a multi-dimensional theatre piece which tries to make sense of the madness which overtook South Africa during apartheid.


Author: Dennis Kelly

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849432376

Category: Drama

Page: 88

View: 700

A group of teenagers do something bad, really bad, then panic and cover the whole thing up. But when they find that the cover-up unites them and brings harmony to their otherwise fractious lives, where’s the incentive to put things right? DNA is a poignant and, sometimes, hilarious tale with a very dark heart. A contemporary play for younger people, DNA opened at the National Theatre in February 2008